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CSC-Leiden University joint scholarship programme

The China Scholarship Council (CSC) provides scholarships for Chinese citizens who want to do PhD research at Leiden University, either full-time or as a visiting researcher.

Leiden University deadline: 22 February 2019 (Science faculty) and 1 March 2019 (all other faculties) / CSC deadline: between 10 and 31 March 2019
Target group
Countries/ nationalities
Chinese nationals
Scholarship type
Archaeology, Humanities, Medicine/LUMC, Governance and Global Affairs, Law, Social and Behavioural Sciences, Science, Interfacultair Centrum voor Lerarenopleiding, Onderwijsontwikkeling en Nascholing (ICLON), African Studies Centre, International Institute for Asian Studies

For who

Young Chinese (academic) professionals and recent Master’s degree graduates, who want to conduct PhD research at Leiden University. All fields of research are eligible for funding, however the following areas are given priority:

  • Law - focus areas: International Law, Aviation and Space Law, Public Law and Private Law
  • Social and Behavioural Sciences
  • Archaeology
  • Humanities - focus areas: Linguistics, Art History & Literary Studies, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Philosophy and Religion
  • Science - focus areas: Mathematics, Computer Science, Astronomy, Physics, Chemistry, Drug Research, Biology and Environmental Sciences
  • Medicine

For more information please visit the CSC website.

Eligibility requirements

Applicants must:

  • be citizens of the People’s Republic of China at the time of application.
  • have a Master’s degree.
  • be under the age of 35.
  • meet the academic entry requirements of the relevant graduate school.
  • have a high level of English language proficiency.
    See the graduate school website for required language test scores.
  • have a letter of acceptance for a PhD programme at Leiden University.
  • satisfy the CSC selection criteria by completing the CSC Application Form and the CSC Employer Reference Form.


Scholarship awardees must return to China upon completion of their PhD research.

Scholarship amount

Duration of funding:

  • Full-time PhD position: up to 48 months
  • Visiting PhD researcher: 6 to 12 months

The scholarship includes:

  • Exemption from registration fee and tuition/bench fee
  • Living allowance of € 1,350 per month (including health insurance)
  • Return ticket (to/from The Netherlands)

Application process

  1. Find a PhD position and supervisor at Leiden University.
    Visit the website of the relevant graduate school for details of how to do so.
  2. Once you have found a PhD position and supervisor, apply for admission to a PhD programme at the graduate school in question.
  3. After admission, ask your supervisor to write an acceptance letter using one of the formats below. The letter must be signed and written on university letterhead paper:
  4. Science faculty candidates only: Your PhD supervisor (promotor) must send a copy of your acceptance letter to the Graduate School of Science (gsoffice@science.leidenuniv.nl) by 22 February 2019.
    Candidates for all other faculties: Your PhD supervisor (promotor) must send a copy of your acceptance letter to the Scholarships Team (scholarships@sea.leidenuniv.nl) by 1 March 2019.
  5. Between 10 March and 31 March 2019: Apply for the CSC-LU scholarship via the CSC website. You must include your letter of acceptance, a copy of your supervisor's CV and a research proposal in the application. 

Selection process

  • Leiden University’s Scholarships Team will provide CSC with a list of candidates for the CSC-LU joint scholarship programme at the beginning of March 2019.
  • CSC will select the scholarship recipients from the list of candidates and inform both the candidates and the Scholarships Team of the selection results at the beginning of June 2019.

Specific information

  • Contact the relevant graduate school for more information about obtaining a PhD position and admission to a PhD programme.
  • Visit the CSC website for more information about the CSC-LU joint scholarship application process and access to the online application portal.
  • The website of Leiden University’s Service Centre International Staff provides detailed information about such issues as a visa, insurances, bank matters and accommodation for international PhD candidates. 


The student is responsible for submitting a complete application, according to the steps described above and before the aforementioned deadline. Leiden University cannot be held responsible for late and/or incomplete applications.

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